Super close to the beach! There are a couple beach trails that lead you right to the ocean.
Love that you can walk to the dunes and spend the entire day there.People bring the craziest beach set ups and have bonfires and cookouts here. Souped up trucks with ATVs roll through and drive right along the beach. It’s quite the sight to see.
Very convenient location to ATV rentals, beach/convenient stores, and a few eateries.
Fantastic park rangers serveiling the campgrounds every hour. The ranger presence definitely keeps the rowdy crowd here in check.
There looked to be a very nice Visitor Center. For some unknown reason, they were closed both days that we were there.
Really big and clean showers and restroom facilities. They were very well maintained considering how packed and heavily used they were. Toilets ran out of toilet paper so make sure you come prepared.
We saw tons of cool birds around the campsite. My favorite of the weekend were the swallows that flew around dusk. They fly like bats! We also enjoyed seeing a couple ospreys by the beach. We even saw one catch a fish!
Campfire is sold here for$8/bundle at the camp host.
Each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, and 2 parking spot. Our neighbors had 3 cars so we let them use one of our parking spots since it was a madhouse here.
Hard to find availability. This place is usually pretty booked up.
Very, very crowded campsite. Sites are extremely close together so there is very little privacy. It feels like a giant parking lot
Sites are small so setting up two tents feels very cramped already. Luckily we just stayed in our tent trailer on a parking spot so we felt like we had a little more space.
Loud campground! This place attracts a party crowd so be prepared to listen to people roll in with their loud souped up trucks and blast music on speakers throughout the day. Hope you like listening to hip hop from 10am-9pm!
It doesn’t seem like the 8 person max/site rule was regulated. People had upwards of 12 people at a single campsite so you can imagine how crowded the place was.
There was constantly a long line for the showers throughout the day.
Overall, this is not my favorite place to camp by far. It feels more like a giant tailgate party than it does camping. We were looking for a nice relaxing weekend by the beach so had an unexpected weekend. This is one of the few places left in California that allow cars, trucks, RVs, and ATVs to drive right on the beach. It’s pretty weird to see. They also allow people to have bonfires right on the sand so be careful where you walk. There’s ash and coal everywhere. And sadly, also lots of trash left behind from people.
We hoped to camp near Oso Flaco Lake and Creek, but this was as close as it gets.
When we arrived at Pismo State Beach, we were pleasantly surprised by how neat and tidy the campground was and how friendly and organized the rangers were. While not very private, the campground was really quiet. I think the imposed Quiet Hours facilitated this. We will definitely stay again.
Prepare for windy, chilly nights even in July.
This campground is right next to the beach you can walk on the beach at any moment. It’s absolutely breath taking!
One of the few beaches that will let you drive your car on to the beach, find a vacant spot and camp overnight. Totally worth trying if you have never done beach camping.
What you see is what you get. Great quiet little spot near highway 1. Just a couple blocks from the beach make this conveniently located. A couple liquor stores and restaurants down the street as well.
You are truly minutes away from the beach at this campground! Facilities are nice. Sites are decently spaced. Only drawback was the abundance of RVs, noisy mornings as a tent camper. Would love to camp here again!
This is a beautiful campground that looks and feels new. In fact, the back loop was brand new this summer with a super nice bath house. Everything is nice and clean and well maintained. You may have more privacy on the back loop (sites 70-73, 79, and 82 have lots of space). There is a nice trail that goes all the way around the lagoon as well as a couple trails to the beach. The big draw here is that you can drive your car on the beach. Not something I was interested in doing, but different strokes for different folks. Big no-no is to gather downed wood in the park- they want the wood to decompose and replenish the ecosystem. You can buy firewood from the campground host. There is a nice nature/education center close to the entrance to the campground. Apparently this area is where the largest colony of monarch butterflies winters in the states. Would be cool to see them in the winter. Finally, you are close enough to walk to several different restaurants in town if you don’t feel like cooking at your campsite on the grills.
I come here almost yearly for a girlfriends camping trip or with family. What I really enjoy about this place besides being on the beautiful central coast, is that if we forget to bring something, the grocery store is only a short 5 minutes drive away. You can literally go get a cup of coffee and be back to your campsite before anyone else wakes up! We also go to the Mexican restaurant down the street and have Margaritas and a meal. So for those of us who enjoy the outdoors but also enjoy the comforts of being near town, this is ideal. The campsite areas are generous in size and accommodate our tents and vehicles. The best time of year to camp here for the weather is in the fall through early winter. This is definitely one my favorite places to camp.
Awesome campsite. We went in January and had no idea about the Monarch Butterflies. About 300 feet from the campsite is a grove of trees where thousands of Monarchs fly and mate. Apparently it's the end of their Northern Migration trail.
Bathrooms were fine. There was running water. Beach is a 2 minute walk (past a tiny creek!) My only complaint was that there were a ton of RVs so you knew when it was morning when you could hear generators starting. People turned them off at night like they were supposed to…great place. Definitely wanna do it again.